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Watson, William Ritchie

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Canadian author and journalist William Ritchie Watson was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1904. Emigrated to Canada in 1911 and spent his youth in Macleod, Alberta. Educated at the University of Alberta. Deprived of the use of his arms at birth, W.R. Watson devoted his life to helping the handicapped. Published works include My desire (1932), I give you yesterday (1938) and And all your beauty (1948). William Watson Lodge in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park was named in his honour.

Williams, David

  • Person
  • fl. 1880-1930

David Williams was born in South Africa sometime in the later second half of the nineteenth century. His ancestry was mixed British, German, and Boer. During the Boer War, Williams, and two of his brothers, fought on behalf of the British. A third brother, Lloyd, elected to fight on behalf of the Boers.

Laing, Gertrude Mary

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Gertrude Mary Laing, 1905-2005, was raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She graduated in French from the University of Manitoba and did post-graduate studies at the Sorbonne in Paris. She later taught at the University of Manitoba. In 1952 she moved to Calgary, Alberta with her husband, Stanley B. Laing, an oil industry executive. The Laings had two sons, Colin, a metallurgical engineer, and Alan, a composer.

From 1963 to 1971 Gertrude served on the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism. From 1968 to 1972 she was a member of the Canadian Radio-Television Commission. She also served as chair of the Canada Council, and was a delegate to the Unesco General Assembly. She was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Calgary in 1973.

She was co-author (with Solange Chaput Rolland) of Face to Face. - Toronto : New Press, 1972.

Claypool, Austin Bingley

  • Person
  • 1887-1956

Austin Bingley Claypool (April 13, 1887 – June 4, 1956) was a provincial politician from Alberta, Canada. He served as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta from 1921 to 1935 sitting with the United Farmers caucus in government.

Smith, John Caulfield

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  • 1914-1973

John Francis Caulfield Smith was born in 1914 in Barrie, Ontario. He graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Toronto in 1937 and practiced architecture in Montreal and Toronto. At the University of Toronto, Smith studied under Eric Arthur and the two remained friends and colleagues in heritage conservation throughout their lives. During WWII Smith served in the engineering corps. In 1941 he married Jean Boyd and the couple moved to Oakville in 1948 where they raised their family of three children, Barbara, Donald, and Ian. A leading advocate for Ontario’s architectural heritage, J.C. Smith served as the president of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, and organized campaigns to save Toronto’s Union Station, Toronto City Hall, and Stratford City Hall. He also authored numerous articles on the topic of Canadian architecture for Canadian magazines including Canadian Homes & Gardens, Macleans, and Chatelaine. John Caulfield Smith died 16 October 1973.

Harris, Christie Lucy Irwin

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Canadian author Christie Harris, née Irwin, was born November 21, 1907 in Newark, New Jersey, U.S.A., and moved as a small child to British Columbia. Died January 5, 2002 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Biographical information available in The Oxford companion to Canadian literature, 2nd ed., p. 515, and Something about the author autobiography series, v. 10, 1990, p. 103-118.

Connor, Hubert Dudley "Barney"

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Hubert Dudley "Barney" Connor, 1881?-1950, was born in Dublin, Ireland, and emigrated to Canada in the 1890s. After silver was discovered in Cobalt, Ontario in 1903, he was engaged in prospecting and mining there. In 1909, together with his brother Arthur Frederick "Larry" Connor and Cobalt friends Herbert E. Diffey, Geoffrey "Tom" Thomas, and Jervais "Jerry" Beamish, he settled near Chinook, Alberta, where the five each established homesteads. In 1924 Barney married Emily Whitfeld, ?-1929, and they had two children, Nancy, ?-1983, and Dudley.

Reid, James

  • Person
  • 1879-1970

James Reid was born in Perth, Scotland in 1879. In 1906 emigrated to Western Canada with his brother, John. He worked a series of general labour jobs during his early time in Canada, largely centred on logging work in Alberta, British Columbia and the north western United States. Reid, a veteran of the Black Watch in Scotland, volunteered for service with the Canadian Expeditionary Force in February of 1915. He served with 50th Battalion through to demobilization at the end of the war. Post-war, Reid settled in Calgary and worked as a custodian at the Land Titles Office for the Government of Alberta. He never married. James Reid died on March 6, 1970.

Wood, Henry Wise A.

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Henry Wise Wood, 1860-1941, was born near Monroe City, Missouri, USA and was educated at Christian University in Canton, Missouri. He farmed in Missouri until he moved to Carstairs, Alberta in 1905. Wood was elected President of the United Farmers of Alberta in 1916 and had a profound influence on farm politics in Canada. He retired as president of the UFA in 1931. He was also very involved in the Alberta Wheat Pool and became the first president in 1923. Wood was awarded the C.M.G. in 1935. Wood was inducted into the Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame in 1951 and the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame in 1962. In 1962 the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada designated Wood as a National Historic Person.

For further information see Henry Wise Wood of Alberta / W. Kirby Rolph. -- Toronto : University of Toronto Press, 1950.

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